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Addressing health care disparities for Indigenous parents


This interview originally aired on In the Moment on SDPB Radio.

In the Moment holds a roundtable conversation about prenatal care for Indigenous women. We gather experts from across the state to unpack the health disparities and obstacles between South Dakotans and quality prenatal care.

But we also explore traditional birthing practices and intergenerational knowledge. And we ask what it means to re-establish your relationship to your body as part of the birthing process.

Zintkala Black Owl of the Rosebud Sioux Nation is a traditional indigenous midwife and facilitator of the He Sapa Birth Circle in the Black Hills.

Natalie Stites Means of the Cheyenne River Sioux was a committee member of the South Dakota Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights. This committee put forth the report on maternal mortality and health disparities of American Indian women in South Dakota.

Amanda Youngers is a certified nurse midwife at the Great Plains Tribal Health Leaders Board at the Oyate Health Center.

Michaela Seiber of the Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate is the CEO of South Dakota Urban Indian Health.

Lori Walsh is the host and senior producer of In the Moment.
Ari Jungemann is a producer of In the Moment, SDPB's daily news and culture broadcast.
Ellen Koester is a producer of In the Moment, SDPB's daily news and culture broadcast.